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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

45 mph Couch Potato


Front cover


Leslie Balcerak wrote this wonderful book, and it was illustrated by Rosemary Orbegoso.  I was fortunate to receive a copy of this wonderful book a few months ago.  I'm a very sentimental person, and with the first sentence, I sort of got choked up.  You see, I've been "mom" to greyhounds for a lot of years now, and there is very little that I read about them that doesn't get me feeling teary eyed.

I used to tell the children's story at church, and a book like this would have been a wonderful story to tell those kids.  This book was written for children, but as an adult, I believe that any adult would find this book informative and entertaining. In this book, the trainer and the greyhound, Aggie, seemed to speak each others' language!  What dog mom or dad hasn't wanted the language barrier to be non-existent!

When one adopts a retired racing greyhound, one doesn't really know the details of their training and racing, so the details of this in the book are very welcome.  I had a greater admiration for the racing greyhound after learning of their tough training.

When the trainer talked to the dog about needing to be retired, I cried!  I felt so sad that she had aged until she could not be the very best anymore.  I always want dreams to go on and on.

When Bohemian Agile ( the greyhound in this book) is retired, and stays at the track kennel for a month getting more and more depressed, I felt like crying.  When she got adopted, she was so confused at first, not knowing what was ahead of her. I shed a tear, because I cared about her confusion. But having adopted  greyhounds many times, I knew she would adapt and would love having a real home.  She would love her new family and of course they would love her!

She's adapted well, don't you agree?
Thank you Aggie for writing this wonderful book!

13 comments:

  1. We reviewed Aggie's book a few months ago, and we loved her story from the start! Just like you, Mom thought that while the story was written for kids, it was a story that anybody could enjoy. Aggie recently has had some tough times in real life. She got attacked by another dog and has had to have a lot of stitches and surgery, but she's hanging tough. I keep up with her on Facebook! ;)

    Bunny

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    1. Bunny, Leslie told me about Aggie's injuries, so I was trying to keep up with her as well!

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  2. My belove'd Greythound passed away this past summer, so I'm thrilled to find your blog, ....... just not sure how I did it. I love those pups so much, and I'm thrilled to find you. Do you belong to the yahoogroup called 'circle of grey'? Thanks so much for being an advocate of these awesome furbabies!

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    1. Becky, thanks for your comment. I did not know of the Yahoo group "circle of grey". Do I just type that name in and I'll find it?

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  3. Considering all they go through in the racing industry, it is amazing that they give their hearts to us so freely.

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    1. Sue, I agree, but apparently God knew we needed each other and made it to be so!

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  4. Hi All! Aggie here! Thanks for reading my book and worrying about me when the mean doggies attacked the day after Christmas. I am doing really well and hope to get back out to the schools to read to the kids. I just love hanging out with them! xoxo Aggie Mae

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    1. I wish you would teach Fleur and Power how to read books to children.

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  5. Hi All! Aggie here. I just want to thank everyone for reading (and loving) my book. I also want people to know that I am healing really well from the mean doggie attack. Hopefully, I will be able to return to the classroom and read with the kids like I used to. xoxo Aggie Mae

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    1. I'm so glad that you are feeling so much better!

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  6. I have this book too and am looking forward to reading it.

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  7. Will have to check that book out for my niece and nephew.

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